There are ways to have a simpler and more relaxed relocation. Both seasoned and rookie home changers might object to this, but the answer lies in knowing and applying the right moving hacks.
A few useful and clever tricks that you never even thought of can be just the thing you need at this moment. Simplify this and every next move and stay ahead of worries and stress by giving some of these tips a try. And if they work for you, you might even share them with friends and family afterward.
The Most Important of All Moving Hacks – Prepare Everything on Time
The best way to be free of stress when changing homes is by knowing and doing everything on time. Don’t let time become a factor for additional pressure – get to know the whole process of relocation way ahead of the actual day of the move.
Don t Underestimate the Preparation Time for Moving
The first thing that will relieve you of a world of pain is to leave (more than) enough time to do everything related to your move. If you think that a whole house can be packed in a couple of hours, you’re wrong. Start making preparations and tiny arrangements as soon as you know the date of your move. You’d be surprised by how many little things there are that can be done way ahead and help you feel more at ease once the relocation day comes around.
Create a Budget – It Will Make Everything Easier
Learn how much everything will cost so that expenses don’t catch you flat-footed. Be sure that you have enough money for the things you want – finding out that you’re short on funds can be a great stressor. Choose a good relocation company and see if you have the means for moving services or auto transport. It will make this whole process easier.
An excellent way to boost your relocation budget is to declutter and get rid of the things you don’t need, say, by throwing a garage sale. Not only will it make packing a lot easier (we’ll get to that in a bit), but it will also reduce the final cost of moving services and keep a few bucks in your pocket.
Get All the Supplies You Need
Last-minute shopping is really annoying. That’s why we recommend having your packing supplies ready. Things you’ll need include:
- Cardboard boxes
- Packing paper
- Plastic wrap
- Bubble wrap
- Duct tape
Cancel Utilities and Change Your Documents and Address
It might sound like a two-minute job, but trust us, it isn’t. A lot of institutions and companies need to be notified about your relocation, so learn how to change your address when you move. Inform tax agencies, your bank, and insurer that you’re going to live in another state. Call utility companies, cancel the services at your current place and set them up for the new house or apartment.
Use Boxes Properly
If you’ve decided that you want to do all the packing by yourself, you must be sure that you know what kind of boxes you can use for what kind of belongings. Avoid certain rookie moving mistakes by choosing only the firm and quality ones for your possessions. You can reinforce them just to be sure that no damage occurs. Don’t go cheap on duct tape and figure out a way to label them. Taking a photo of what’s inside each box is also a good hack.
Your Clothes Can Be Used as Packing Material
Once you start placing items in boxes, you can make soft padding inside by putting old clothes, towels, or some other soft materials that you plan to relocate. It will ensure that your breakables stay safe and it will save space in your suitcases.
Get Wardrobe Boxes
They are undoubtedly the best way to transport your clothes, especially the fancy ones like tuxedos or gowns. Just leave them on the hanger and put them in garment bags or garbage bags.
More Packing Hacks for Moving That Will Save You a Lot of Time
If you’re moving for the first time, be sure that you know how to pack everything properly, so that nothing gets damaged during the transportation. That would mean that you’ll need to learn to handle everything, even something like how to move a grandfather clock. Here are some useful hacks and tips:
- Before you start to pack, go through all your things, and see what you don’t use. Separate that stuff and don’t take it with you. You can sell unwanted items or donate them.
- Kitchen items like dishes can be tricky, so be sure that you pack the similars together and don’t overfill the boxes. Separate them with paper or some soft materials and put one in another to utilize every inch of space.
- Use up all the food you have in your home and defrost your fridge.
- Plan your meals a week before the move so that nothing is wasted.
- If you’re carrying some liquids, cover them in plastic wrap.
- Place important small items in separate sealed bags.
Life Hacks for the Moving Day
Make sure that everything is done before the moving day comes. That should be the time reserved just for placing your belongings inside of a truck and commencing your journey to a new home.
If you’re moving to another state alone, keep in mind that it can take a couple of days, so plan a bag of necessary things that you’ll carry with you during the move. That essentials bag should contain:
- A change of clothes and underwear
- Some food and water
- Hand soap or hand sanitizer
- Phone chargers
- Toilet paper
- Essential hand tools
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Bathing set
Unpacking Can Be an Easy Task If Everything Before Was Done Right
Once you arrive at your new home, take a good look at it – room by room. See if there is any damage, check the electricity and smoke detectors. After that, you should grab the box with cleaning supplies and give the new place a good scrub. Cleaning the home before unpacking will save you a lot of work afterward when the rooms are still more or less empty.
Next, start placing the labeled boxes into the room where they’re supposed to be. Or you can have a good rest first – whatever works for you. Make a plan for unpacking – you don’t have to do everything the same day you enter the house, but don’t prolong it for weeks. It’s best to start with the kitchen because it’s the most complicated room to set up, and the chances are you’ll need something to eat sooner rather than later at your new home.
Moving Tips and Hacks Are All About Being Well Organized
As you might have noticed, all of these tips revolve around the same thing – planning and organizing everything. Details that can complicate your relocation are the ones that you haven’t planned to happen, and you don’t know how to handle them. Make the definitive moving out list, keep track of everything, and have a smooth and stress-free relocation to another home.